Today, many experts regard HIV/AIDS as a chronic disease that can be managed just like any other degenerative illness. Because AIDS impairs the immune system function, environmental stressors, viruses, bacteria and any other such threats can further compromise the immune system. However, by reducing immunosuppressive stressors and introducing healing herbs into your diet, you can manage AIDS and its host of autoimmune systems.
AIDS is a condition that results when the body becomes infected by a virus (HIV), which causes the body’s T cells to turn against the immune system and attack it. Over time, the HIV virus can become so damaging to the immune system that the body can no longer defend itself from infection and other illness. In this late stage, known as AIDS (Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), affected people can experience a range of debilitating symptoms, including most notably malnutrition and susceptibility to infection.1,2
HIV that leads to AIDS is spread through blood to blood contact, such as through unprotected sex or sharing needles. In rare cases, people can become infected with HIV through blood transfusions. Once someone is infected with HIV, it may take years for them to develop symptoms of AIDS, depending on the person. Once acquired, the HIV infection destroys T cells at a continual rate. The fewer T cells you have, the weaker your immune system becomes. This entire process can take up to 10 years in many cases.2
An HIV infection often starts out with flu-like symptoms, as well as fever, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. Some of the common symptoms of a late-stage HIV infection, or AIDS, include:
- Chronic diarrhea
- Recurring fever
- Night sweating
- Mouth ulcers
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin rashes and bumps
- Weight loss
AIDS also severely compromises the immune system, making it more likely for the affected person to acquire several viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.2
Top Food Supplements for HIV/AIDS
To treat AIDS naturally, it’s important to take measures to boost the immune system, which prevents the triggering of certain inflammatory and autoimmune symptoms. Many herbs have natural immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Certain herbs also have shown to help slow AIDS progression and prevent the body from attacking its T cells.
Here are the best herbs for AIDS and slowing and controlling disease progression:
Green Tea - Studies have shown that a certain flavonoid in green tea can bind to T cells, which prevents HIV from killing these cells off.
Maca Root - Maca root is a natural energy and immune-boosting herb that can help suppress AIDS symptoms and prevent severe complications.
Cat’s Claw - Cat’s claw is an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting herb that can address several AIDS symptoms, including treating digestive problems associated with malnutrition.
Maitake Mushroom - Helping to stimulate the immune system, maitake mushroom is helpful in controlling HIV progression to AIDS and can help reduce the risk of AIDS complications.
Ashwagandha - Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb known for boosting the immune system. It may help with specific AIDS symptoms such as fever, weight loss and diarrhea.